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Five Reasons to Get Excited about Guitar Culture in St Louis

By Richard D. -St. Louis Guitar Teacher

Are you considering guitar lessons in St. Louis? Whether you are a beginner or have several years of experience under your belt, there are many reasons to get excited about the guitar scene in St. Louis. From a guitar player and true music enthusiast, here are 5 reasons to get excited about guitar culture in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

  1. Chuck Berry Still Lives Here. Chuck Berry may have very well invented rock n’ roll. In a Rolling Stone article last April, Berry’s recurring monthly performance in St Louis was cited as one of their “40 Reasons to Get Excited about Music.”

  2. There’s an Open Mic 7 nights a Week. There’s no better place to keep your performance chops up and network with other musicians - and in the St Louis area, there’s one somewhere 7 nights a week. Some of my favorites include Venice Café, The Shanti, Llywelyn’s Pub, Iron Barley, Hartford Coffee Company and Whatsmokin' BBQ Restaurant.

  • St Louis is a Great City to Study Guitar. We have amazing music programs at Washington University, UMSL, and SLU as well as Central Visual/Performing Arts High School, and Midwest Guitar Building and Repair School. And of course there are many wonderful TakeLessons teachers who are ready to help you get started with your guitar lessons in St. Louis!

  • A Sense of Community. KDHX 88.1 is our community radio station and they play local St Louis music every single day. For a list of local performances at nearly every venue in St Louis, pick up a free copy of the RiverFront Times every Thursday.

  • Festivals! We have a wonderful variety of annual music festivals, such as the Big Muddy Blues Festival, Schwagstock, Mardi Gras, PointFest and the St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival.

  • Ready to get started? Sign up for guitar lessons in St. Louis today!

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    About Rebecca
    I have 50 years of teaching experience, from beginners to advanced students. I also teach the people no one else thinks are teachable because I work with people from where they are and find their best learning styles. Several of my students are now professional musicians, but that's not everyone's course. I teach every age range from 3-83 and everything from classical to country-western. And I teach every orchestral and band instrument, and guitar, bass, and drum kit and some instruments you've never heard of. I also teach voice, pop, rock, opera, doesn't matter to me.

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    Important Note: I will no longer take new students that want lessons every other week, beginning Nov 1. Inconsistent lessons, especially with younger students, allows them to forget too much between sessions.

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    to EVERY endeavor whether it's music or math or soccer. I require practice on the student's part. You will be able to play recognizable songs within your first month. You tell me what you or your child wants out of music lessons, and I will tell you exactly how to get it.

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    I'm flexible. I have taught everything from country western guitar to classical guitar, from Jazz trumpet to orchestral audition music, from barbershop singing to Broadway musical singing. I have even taught ballet. I cater my methods to the student's best learning style.
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    Kenan July 31, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    Very professional musician and educator. The lessons are very helpful.
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    Ed S. May 11, 2017
    · Banjo · In home
    First time using a banjo was a bit awkward trying to keep my fingers on
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    Betty S. May 9, 2017
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    Rebecca is a great teacher. She zeros in on your individual talents and needs. I must say, I'm doing better than I ever thought I would and I know it is because of Rebecca's insights to her students and her knowledge of music!
    Happy teachers day Rebecca!!!
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    I teach all levels, all ages, beginning to advanced; experience with special needs students.

    I develop relationships with parents and inspire them to be motivational and supportive to their kids in a way that is not overbearing.

    Energize and inspire students’ love of music, many styles, with respect for what they already know and enjoy.

    I bring the experience of every note I’ve written, on a deadline; every moment on stage, under pressure, (during performance as a leader or a sideman) to each student I teach. I make every effort to instill a passionate, strong work ethic; as well as proper attitude and character towards their fellow musicians.

    About Scott
    Scott brings nearly a quarter of a century of experience in private music instruction to music students of all ages and at all levels.

    Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays drums, bass, keys, writes for all contemporary instruments, full orchestra, vocal ensembles, and percussion ensemble.

    He plays, composes and teaches a wide variety of styles including: rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, blues, R&B, P&W/Gospel, funk.

    Scott has played as a full time musician since 1990 (having played guitar since 1980, drums since 1974).

    He's played with dozens of bands, and was also the full time staff arranger, music director, guitarist at a mega church for 18 years.

    Scott knows that each student is unique.

    He is committed to fostering that uniqueness while making sure they each have a broad understanding and applicable use of what goe
    s into finding their own sound on their instrument.

    Then, he focuses on how to take those skills into a real world scenario.

    Scott encourages each student to embrace the music that they already enjoy and to be open to other styles of music.

    Scott's personal and tailored approach to each student, no matter what their age, level, or ultimate goals, inspires students to become their best, have fun and stay motivated beyond the lessons.
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    Photographer, Sound designer, Graphic designer. I have a passion for music recording and production, as well as street and event photography.

    Pro-active and results oriented professional with broad experience in all aspects of digital photography and complex post production, editing and retouching using industry standard software.
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    Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
    I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-recording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Let’s give it a try!

    About Juan
    Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
    I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-re
    cording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Currently teaching students from TX, MN, CA, NY and LA. Let’s give it a try!
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    Tessa August 8, 2017
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    He is so patient and helpful! Always sends a detailed summary after each lesson. Great instructor.
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    Fadi O. October 19, 2016
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    three lessons in and already learning my first song! i couldn't be happier :)
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    Chords and reading lines as well as technique and strumming patterns.

    About Matthew
    Hello! I am originally from the United Kingdom and have lived in the USA for 10 years. I am married and have 2 huskies! I have been a music teacher for over 20 years and have taught various instruments which are listed. I gained my masters degree in music from trinity in London. I also have been involved in theater and film for over 30 years and have studied theater at studio theater in Washington DC and have been a principal speaking actor on various shows on cable TV including, History Channel, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, AMC and Fox News. I have also been involved in local theater for over 4 years as well as theater companies in other areas in the USA and in England. I have also directed and works in kids theater for 3 years and run fun summer camps that have an emphasis on music and arts. I love to teach and you will have a enjoyable time a
    nd learn some amazing things. I also teach video editing and production and have filmed and edited many videos that are used today in HR training
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    Anu February 23, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Great in-home first lesson... Thanks!
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    Hello! I have been performing, writing, and recording for over 10 years, so I have a lot of hands on experience that I can share with my students. I've had my songs placed in film, MTV shows, and have also performed live on television, including "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Beginner students are welcome! I strive to make my lessons personalized, funnnn, and at a comfortable pace. I enjoy teaching songs/styles that my students are actually interested in learning! I am also comfortable teaching in Japanese.

    About Maxmillion
    I am very proud to have been born and raised on the lovely island of Guam! I have been playing guitar, bass, and drums since I was 15, and have had a passion for music since I can remember. In 2007, I earned my associates degree in music from Musicians Institute Hollywood. I have had my music placed in popular television shows, such as “The Real World” and “Road Rules," as well as the film “The Tested.”

    I previously played guitar in a project called Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. We were featured as the musical guest on the popular late night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2014. We were also featured on the local television programs "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" and "New Day Northwest." We are also featured on YouTube as sponsored artists on EMGtv and Blue Microphones. I also have had the opportunity to share the stage with
    Crosby Stills and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Russell Ferrante, Travis Carlton, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

    Guitar is my main focus, but I am also comfortable teaching bass and ukulele. I love all styles, and specialize in rock, blues, funk, pop, reggae, metal, and acid jazz. I have experience teaching students of all ages (as young as 4 years old) and am currently an active teacher. I am also fluent in Japanese.
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    Max is very knowledgable about music and it's theories. However, he also understands where his students are and what they need. He made lessons in guitar applicable at my level. He is very patient and works well with kids. You can tell he genuinely cares for people and wants them to improve!
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    Kevin Mizuta June 16, 2016
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    Max is a great bass guitar teacher. You can tell that he has a deep fundamental understanding of music and he presents lessons very clearly and at a manageable pace. My bass playing, music theory, and music appreciation have improved dramatically under his instruction.
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    I offer guitar lessons and musicianship tutoring in sight reading, ear training and music theory at an affordable rate. I welcome all ages and experience levels. I have a flexible schedule so I can work around yours to develop a personal practice routine best suited to fit your life style.

    I enjoy working with my students to help them reach their performance goals. Everything from helping them learn their first few chords, to watching them form their own music groups and write original compositions is what teaching is all about.

    About Steven
    I offer guitar lessons and musicianship tutoring in sight reading, ear training and music theory at an affordable rate. I welcome all ages and experience levels. I have a flexible schedule so I can work around yours to develop a personal practice routine best suited to fit your life style.

    I enjoy working with my students to help them reach their performance goals. Everything from helping them learn their first few chords, to watching them form their own music groups and write original compositions is what teaching is all about.
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    No pressure! Only Encouragement. I have seen too many talented musicians lose their love for music because they were forced to practice. I go at your pace!

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    I have been a songwriter for most of my life! I try to play with feel and that is what I can teach you to do as well. I studied at UC Santa Barbara.
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    I have over 13 years of experience. My father was a guitar instructor for over 25 years, and taught me everything I know. I have won 1st Place in a National Guitar Competition and have been recognized by World Re-known guitar players and musicians. I have a huge library of knowledge and techniques for the instrument and theory.

    About Zachary
    I have over 13 years of experience as a player. I have been to College for Music and understand theory and techniques. My father was a guitar instructor for over 25 years. My goal is to have a one-on-one experience with every student and make sure that we have a lesson plan that caters to each individuals level of experience, whether it is beginner or more advanced.
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    Want to learn the blues? Improve your improvisation and learn jazz technique? Maybe you're just getting started and you aren't ready to make a huge investment yet. You have come to the right place. I am a guitar teacher, blues and jazz are my Forte but I can play just about anything from classic broadway to hard rock on the guitar. I love to form lessons around my students and what they need. My approach to guitar starts with basic music theory and ear training. This will help students understand patterns and structure in music and allow them to communicate with musicians onstage. From there lessons become about what you want and how I can help you improve your technique. So if you're ready to start learning waste no time and sign up for a lesson today. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    About Anthony
    I am a professional intrumentalist( guitar, mandolin, piano, bass), writer and string theorist witha degree in theatre from Oklahoma State University. I sing, act and play instruments for professional equity theatres in my area and have music directed several community and childrens productions. I am largely self taught and consider myself my own best student. I have also studied voice and guitar with several professionals.

    My voice students will learn ear training, to relax into their singing and to strengthen their voice week to week. Each student receives a personalized plan. I also offer audition coaching for those looking to take the next step in the acting world.

    My instrumental students will begin by learning ear training and basic structure from there I make it about you and what you want to learn.
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    Morgen September 21, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    In the summer of 2017, I had the pleasure of attending a handful of youth musicals at the Georgetown Palace Theatre (Austin, TX area). As a theatre major, after having viewed these shows it was evident to me that the team which helped put them together really knew their stuff, and that in particular music director Mr. Anthony had gone above and beyond to make these shows something special. I spoke with him a little about the rehearsal process and was amazed to learn not only that he had taught the kids all of the music in only two weeks, but that he was only a seasonal staff member there for the summer programs and was essentially fresh out of college. Mr. Anthony’s professional presence and expertise would lead one to believe he was a tenured staff member at the Palace. Additionally, my childcare background allows me to appreciate how difficult it can be to get 20+ kids still, quiet and paying attention all at once. Mr. Anthony did that, AND taught them an entire musical soundtrack in a period of only two weeks, and when show time came the kids knew what lyrics and notes to sing for their solos! I still remember, after having rehearsed the same songs in music class for months in grade school, having to sing under my breath in the middle of a song and follow along with the rest of the choir because I STILL didn’t have the words memorized! Maybe that’s just me? Either way, whatever Mr. Anthony is doing, it works. Oh, and the kids were crazy about him!

    The Palace Theatre found a real gem in Mr. Anthony this summer and I hope his excellent work continues to inspire! He is so passionate about his work and cares about his clients’ success. He is great with kids, they will have tons of fun learning from him. If you or your child are looking for a top-notch teacher, look no further!
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